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SWAP 2020 general discussion thread

Started by Lisanne, October 30, 2019, 05:35:57 am

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stephaniecan

What a great discussion! @CCL I feel for you on the heavy workload and other delays. Great help in those two photos. The instructions are quite intuitive to me - am going to try that out.

@Ginger-sews: That's like a mini-SWAP in a weekend!

As usual, I am unlikely to actually have anything finished before I leave on holiday for Christmas, but I am patting myself on the back as this weekend I traced two patterns, cut out two toiles, and started sewing one toile together. That is a definite improvement for me on the pre-SWAP periods of other years. There is hope for me yet!

I do find sewing so relaxing and wish I had more time to invest in it... :)

warpjr1965

Still no SWAP sewing, but I've picked up a nice wool rib knit in a blue color way, and also the StyleArc Bob pants in their cyber monday sale. https://www.stylearc.com/shop/sewing-patterns/bob-woven-pant-multi-size/  I may be on the hunt for a rayon/tencel twill for these, I think they'd hang beautifully. I've also got my inspiration piece set, so there's some decisions made.

Fun to see some folks already sewing in prep!
Wendy

Lisanne

More wondrous beauty Indigtiger, you give us great pleasure and inspiration   :heart:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

stephaniecan

Beautiful work, @indigotiger, and fascinating process. Thanks for sharing!

anna.wahnsinn

I've loved looking at all of your SWAP threads, and even attempted the 2017 SWAP, but only got as far as sewing one pair of pants. This years' rules are just so perfect for me! As I am still wearing most of the clothes I had 2016/2017, especially the dresses and pants are starting to fall apart. So now I have an instant (if kind of fluid) plan to replace everything I love and need with pieces that are hopefully even more exactly what I want. New-to-me will be the serger that I bought around Easter this year... it is still in its box, waiting to be unpacked. I think I have all the fabric I need, have both a previously purchased and previously sewn item that will both work with everything else, and am already tweaking my initial plan in case I manage to make more than nine garments. I think I'm good for at least the sew-along version, but I'd love to actually finish the SWAP in time. For one thing I'll be making rather simple garments, but mostly I really need new clothes!
Anne

sewsy

Quote from: stephaniecan on December 07, 2019, 07:09:15 pmBeautiful work, @indigotiger, and fascinating process. Thanks for sharing!

Yes! Absolutely wonderful work, Indigotiger! My thanks for sharing, as well.

kushami

Enjoying following the thread and people's plans. I haven't done any SWAP sewing yet but I have a simple jacket pattern on the way that may end up as one of my "two items".

I have been slowly making myself summer PJ pants, of which I have none. Today hits 38 deg C (help) so summer has arrived in Australia and I'd better hurry up.

@Philippa, I too have found the alteration tutorial videos from In-house Patterns Studio helpful as a beginner.
Sarah from Australia

indigotiger

I am really enjoying reading about all the different plans folks have created using the guidelines, and look forward to finding out where people go with their plans!

anna - I hope that you find that your serger will become as much a valued sewing helper as I found mine to be... it seems complicated at the beginning, but there are is lot of online help to figure it out, as well as people here on SG. I struggled pre-serger to sew knits using a zig-zag, and the serger just zips through sewing knitwear seams, as well as finishing edges on woven fabrics. I use it in conjunction with my regular sewing machine quite frequently
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Lisanne

Stephaniecan - your jacket and trousers outfit looks very elegant as is   :thumbsup: 
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

sewordinary

Yesterday at 03:46:19 am #149 Last Edit: Yesterday at 05:29:05 am by sewordinary
@stephaniecan The trousers and jacket bodice look good!

@Medea Congratulations on your new fabric shop venture, it sounds most exciting!

Medea

Now I'm in for another SWAP. My theme is to be beautiful just as you are.


I searched for quotes from Coco Chanel and found this. That includes everything I mean about sewing what you love to wear, then wear it and feel beautiful.

(I'm sorry if this is unclear. I'm not born to speak English and try to write as good as I can) 

I'm at Instagram @ medeasgarderob (Medea's Wardrobe)




warpjr1965

Not unclear at all! What a lovely inspiration for SWAP!
Wendy

stephaniecan

@Medea Wow! Congratulations! And thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

Thanks, @Lisanne and @sewordinary for the nice comments about my suit. I'm still tweaking but I'll eventually be satisfied. I may not have my fabric before Christmas, but at least I have a few toiles underway (although not sure if these will be included in my SWAP - DOH!).


Cheriecz

Medea, I'm just a SWAP lurker so far, but your Chanel quote is wonderful. Don't feel you have to apologize for your English, you always express yourself very well. Lots of Americans travel and hear the world speak English. We Americans hear English spoken with regional and, sad to say, socioeconomic differences, and by our many blessed immigrants (believe most Americans, not the White House). The human brain catches on really well, probably as that's how everyone begins to learn speech, first not knowing what words mean, then we learn phrases, etc.
I've had 3 years of Spanish, and that gives me just enough to maybe get the idea when reading a sentence, but no ability at all to write or speak Spanish.You're great!
Also, can't wait to see your SWAP, you have great style!
Cherie

Sewing in the Arizona desert

Lisanne

Good Luck Medea with the fabric shop - it's a lovely idea to focus on and encourage adult dressmaking  :applause2:
Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

https://sewingplums.com - comments on wardrobes, patterns, style, fit
https://uk.pinterest.com/sewingplums/ - style images
https://aimforquality.wordpress.com - good basic sewing techniques
https://easyjackets.wordpress.com - no need for tailoring, unless you want to
https://helpwithsewingpatterninstructions.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/first-blog-post/ - Peggy Sagers sew-alongs

Helen M

Medea how wonderful to have your own fabric shop! Good luck with your enterprise. A friend of mine had a wool shop once in the NE when knitting mohair sweaters with satin appliques were all the rage, she loved it.

Sewing in Cheshire

Grasshopper

@Medea, what a wonderful opportunity to have a fabric shop, especially one featuring fabric for dressmaking instead of so much fleece and quilting cotton! I've often thought of opening a yarn shop before, but now that most of the fabric stores in my area have closed down and what's left mostly only has fabric for crafting, I think I should switch gears in my dreams.  I wish you all the best in this venture!
Lyneisa
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